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eBits n ByteZ, Issue #004 -- New Pages & Social
January 05, 2017

New eComputerZ Pages

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This latest newsletter edition looks at the new pages recently added to the Hardware Repair Section, and some of the topics posted on the eComputerZ Social Media sites.

Let's kick off with new pages, which focus on what you need to test and fix your own computer, saving you money in the long run.

Page 1 - Computer Tool Kit looks at the core tools you need before starting to thinking about repairing your own equipment. This includes:

  • The right type of kit bag
  • Screwdriver options
  • Other essential tools like cutters and pliers
Page 2 - PC Repair Tools looks at what you need to do to keep safe when working inside computers.

The focus is on managing electrostatic discharge (ESD), after an experience early in my career brought about a swift end to a new hard disk drive!

Page 3 - PC Tool Kit looks at the various testers available today for self diagnosis of potential hardware issues, including:

  • Multimeters - Tests electrical current
  • Voltage Detector - Tests individual cables
  • PSU Tester - Tests Power Supply molex connectors
  • POST Tester - Tests Motherboards, RAM, Processors and other internal hardware components
  • Cable Tester - Tests Ethernet/RJ45 cables

Each page includes pictures, step by step instructions and video's to help you understand what each item does and how to use them properly.




Social Media

Here we focus on three recent new stories: the Dark Web, Privacy and Intel's new Processor dubbed Kaby Lake.

The Dark Web

There is peaked interest in the Dark Web. Most people have at least heard the term in TV reports and newspapers as a place where lots of illegal activity goes on.

This is true, and by virtue of media outlets and documentaries, more people are visiting the the Dark Web.

Only approximately 4% of the World Wide Web is accessible by Google!



Your personal and computer security is at high risk if you access the Dark Web via the ToR Web Browser (which establishes an encrypted link). Malware writers, hackers, and cyber criminals live in this world, and without the necessary experience, everyday computers users are easy picking.

There is no legislature protecting users from crimes conducted here!

Another issue is privacy concerns. DO NOT give anything away about who you are. These people can trace you and cause untold problems with you banking, ID cards and other online activity.


Protecting Your Privacy

Ensure your privacy online is adequately protected. Here are some ideas for you to run with.

1. Anti Virus/Anti Malware

Ensure you have adequete protection for your PC, Laptop and mobile devices, especially if you have android and windows based devices. With the highest levels of Ransomware attacks taking place in more sophisticated ways, you need to get this sorted quickly.

2. Make Your Passwords Hard To Guess

Consider using a password manager to track all of your different passwords - becasue you have a different password for each web site you access, right? And they all have a minimum of 8 characters, including symbols, numbers and capitals?

3. Update Your Applications

Software programs are constantly being updated by vendors to plug holes in the code that hackers use to steal your information and hold it to ransom.

Also ensure you have a separate backup of your data. If you do get hit with Ransomware and your data is encrypted, you can simply wipe and restore.


Intel Kaby Lake

Kaby Lake is the 7th Generation Intel CPU Chip announced at CES 2017 (A gathering of Technology Companies in Las Vagas promoting their latest inventions).

It is reported that the chip is capable of the following eye catching innovations:

  • Thinner and Lighter Laptops (Sub 800 grams due to its size)
  • Improved battery life (Between 10 hours to 16 hours in some cases)
  • 4k Video and Borderless Screens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Headset Support
  • Secure Biometric Logins such as Facial Recognition, Fingerprint and Retina Scanning
  • Faster Storage with Optane - Up to 10x times faster than today's Solid State Drives (SSD's)
  • Faster Application Performance
  • Standardisation of Cellular Modems in mobile devices - For when Wi-Fi is unavailable
  • Overclocking for gamers (From the standard 2.9GHz to 4.4GHz!)

No word on when Kaby Lake will be released, but it is the next steps in our technological evolution.


Final Thoughts

It's a more dangerous online world we now live in. When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how unsecure some of the new IoT devices are, the cyber criminals are gind to have field day.

Make sure you protect yourself online. It will happen to you one day if you are not careful!

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. Until next time feel free to take a look at the following eComputerZ resources.



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